All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 12th January 2018

Friday 12th January 2018

Dear Friends, 

“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Words which the old priest Eli instructs the boy Samuel to say when God calls to him in the night.  

The story of Samuel, born after his mother Hannah's anguished prayer during the family's annual pilgrimage to the shrine at Shiloh, was a favourite of my teacher at our village primary school.  This was, no doubt, because she had to keep a class whose ages ranged from 7 to 11 concentrating on what we were supposed to be doing. Any help in getting us to pay attention was welcome!  

We will be hearing that story at mass on Sunday. It is quite a long story, so I suspect that many parishes will opt for the short version.  This stops before Samuel hears what God has to say; the message he is to pass on to Eli.  

“See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears it tingle.”  

The message Samuel is to deliver to Eli is one of judgement and condemnation. Because of the blasphemous and corrupt behaviour of his sons - who have turned the shrine at Shiloh which houses the Ark of the Covenant, Israel's most precious treasure, into a money-making racket - and his own failure to restrain them, Eli and his family are doomed.  

Samuel is understandably reluctant to deliver such news to the old man, but Eli still retains enough integrity and respect for God to say to the boy:  “What was it that he told you?  Do not hide it from me.”    

“You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals....”

Words addressed to the Lamb by the elders and living creatures who surround the throne of God in Sunday's passage from the Revelation to John.  

But just as God's word to Samuel was not “good news” in the conventional sense, nor is what is contained in the scroll.  The future revealed when the scroll opened is one of vast human suffering. The history of the past century and the scenes we see on our television screens show it as a true portrait of our world.  

Just as the Jews hoped for the coming of “the Lion of Judah, the Root of David,” a Messiah who would overcome their enemies, many now long for strong leaders who will put things right. The lesson of human history is that they usually make things worse.  

In a rapid change of image, we hear that the one who can change things is not some powerful warrior but the Lamb who is slain; the one whose way is sacrifice.  

In the Gospel, plain-speaking Nathanael, “an Israelite without guile,” says of Jesus, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?”  In turn, Jesus tells him that he “will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  

Sunday's passage, with its vision of the worship of heaven, inspires ours with its music and singing, its incense which is “the prayers of the saints.”  That worship, we hope will give us a glimpse of heaven. But at the same time, we must be prepared to hear its challenge as well as its comfort: Can any good come out of All Saints, Margaret Street? 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street 


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, David Webb, Ivor Collett, Priscilla Oakeshott, John Tudhope, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patricia Yartey, Victoria Ankrah, Jacqui Birt, Ros Tagoe, Simon Edsor, Renée Olivier, Michael Adam, Maggie Durran, Juliet Lavender, Martin Hale, Gordon Dickson, Jayne Forrester, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Fr Philip Warner, Joao & Ivone Cavalcante, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans. 

Those known to us recently departed: Jonathan Lopez, Edgars Lasmanovics, Julian Berry, Nancy Gardner, Evie Weir, Katherine Edgar, Sandie Burwell, Eileen Prior, Bill Kirkpatrick, Priest and Harry Spellar.    

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week:

Alfred Stephens, Ethel Hewetson, Hugh Shepheard, Lyn Jones, Mavis Mercer, John Spencer, Margaret Herwood, George Haines, Dennis Black, Elizabeth King, Albert Sheppard and Joan Bowie. 


Saturday 13 January (Church opens at 11am) CELL of OUR LADY of WALSINGHAM
11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions

12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 14 January
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Victoria Missa O Magnum Mysterium   
Marenzio Tribus miraculis 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Canticles: Mathias Jesus service   
Elgar Light of the world 

Monday 15 – Friday 19 January
7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass 

Sunday 21 January
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mozart Missa Brevis in D, K 194
Mendelssohn There shall be a star 

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Howells The Gloucester Service 
Byrd Sing joyfully 

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


FESTIVAL APPEAL PAYMENTS – we have been able to pay the Marylebone Project, USPG and the Gambian projects £2,425 each. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Appeal. 

NEXT PCC MEETING – Monday 15 January, 7pm in the Parish Room
(after Evening Mass).
Fr Alan Moses (Chairman), Fr Michael Bowie, Fr Julian Browning
John Forde (Vice-Chairman), Chris Self

General Synod: Aiden Hargreaves-Smith 

Deanery Synod: Janet Drake, Frances O’Neil, Cedric Stephens
Lay Members:
Charlotte Black, Sue Feakin, Andrew Lane, Ian Lyon, Judith Mather, Elaine Norman, Keith Postance, Huw Pryce, Christopher Swift, Colin Symes, Shawn Welby-Cooke, Geoffrey Woodcock, Clive Wright, Patrick Hartley (Hon. Treasurer), John McWhinney (PCC Secretary). 

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES - Weekly meetings (excluding 31 January) begin on Wednesday 17 January at 7pm (after Evening Mass) in the Parish Room. 

ORGAN RECITAL – Sunday 28 January at 7.15pm (after Benediction)
will play all five movements – Allegro, Adagio, Intermezzo, Cantabile and Final – of Widor’s 6me Symphonie op 42 no 2. This was the first piece which inspired him to want to learn the organ. 


Resources may be found at:

Friday, 19 January, 6:30pm Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AY after the 6pm Mass in the adjacent Jesuit Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Farm Street W1 -
FILM SCREENING: 'May they all be one' by the Society of St John Chrysostom.
For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Alexia Veriter of KTOTV (French Catholic TV) has made a documentary about the Benedictine monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium, founded to promote Christian Unity, by mutual encounter, understanding, dialogue, prayer and worship. The Chevetogne community continues to be closely involved internationally in Catholic-Orthodox, Catholic-Anglican and Catholic-Reformed dialogue and friendship. Newly subtitled in English, the 52 minute film hears from the monks and their friends about their work in the monastery, their study and ecumenical engagement, and their spirituality and worship of the community in its two churches - Latin rite and Byzantine rite.
There will be a reception, a showing of the film, a well-known speaker to introduce the work of the Chevetogne Community, and a chance to ask questions, meet some of those featured in the documentary and purchase a copy. Admission is free but a donation is requested.
More details here:

Monday, 22 January, 6.30pm 'Creation Care' — Churches Together in Westminster AGM, Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275, Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ
This year's Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Westminster will include speakers and displays on the theme of 'Creation Care'. These displays and talks will be led by organisations involved with conservation and environmental awareness, including Eco Church, Shrinking the Footprint, ASWA and Green Christian. Refreshments will be provided. All are very welcome. 

Tuesday 23 January, 6.45pm - 'Housing Injustice — The Homelessness Crisis and the Church' 
West London Mission, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer St, Marylebone, W1U 2QJ
More than 8,000 people slept rough in the Capital at some point last year.
As part of The Diocese of London Homelessness Appeal, Capital Mass is hosting a stimulating and challenging evening. 5 speakers, 10 minutes each - exploring the theme of Homelessness from different angles; all with the aim of making the case as to why the church should tackle homelessness:

Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James' Piccadilly Krish Kandiah, Founder of 'Home for Good'. Author of God is Stranger Jon Kuhrt, Chief Exec of West London Mission Jacob Quagliozzi, Director at Housing Justice

More details Tickets available from Eventbrite.

FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME at Farm Street on Thursday 25 January, 6.45pm.  The latest in their series of popular panel discussions on matters of faith and life will address the topic of ‘Fake News: Faith in the Media’.    On the panel are:
Nancy Gifford (Global Media Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)
Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)
Sarah de Nordwall (Poet, Bard School Director, and Catholic Voices)
Jo Siedlecka (Director, Independent Catholic News)
Brendan Walsh (Editor, The Tablet)  

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how, as Christians, we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.  Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking available:

THE COMMEMORATION OF THE MARTYRDOM OF KING CHARLES I, Tuesday 30 January - The Banqueting House, Whitehall - 11.40 am. Commemoration (outside the Banqueting House) and
12 noon - HIGH MASS (upstairs in the Banqueting House beneath the Rubens ceiling).
Preacher: The Revd. Julian Browning. All welcome. 

The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens - The Associate Vicar and the Churchwardens invite you to a special memorial service to be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, 31 January when we will remember the commander and crew of HM submarine K4 which sank on 31st January 1918 off the Isle of May, Fife. The service will be attended by relatives of those who perished, and conducted by Revd Andrew Keep MA STM. An address will be given by the Venerable Stephen Robbins, Chaplain General of the Army (retired). The service will be followed by refreshments.

RSVP to The Administrator, St Margaret Pattens Church, Rood Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3M 1HS. Email: Telephone: 020 7623 6630. Website: 

Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living through providing a safe refuge, training and employment opportunities.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London.

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street, which provides a regular drop-in and range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army also collects women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact: 

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:
Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)

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